0848 GMT May 21, 2019
The report published by the Boston Globe on Tuesday, said, "Iran's famed carpet weavers" are "anticipating a boost in [Iran's carpet] exports as sanctions" will be soon lifted in line with an agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers in mid-July.
"The Persian hand-woven carpet is Iran's ambassador. I'm delighted that the ambassador is in the process of resuming work in the US," an Iranian carpet exporter, Jila Rassam Arabzadeh, was quoted by the paper as saying. "The Persian carpet is like the Iranian flag, known all over the world. Let our flag fly."
On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 — the US, the UK, Germany, France, China and Russia — reached the conclusion of negotiations over Tehran's civilian nuclear program, with the Islamic Republic and the sextet sealing an agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Based on JCPOA, the sextet agreed to remove all sanctions imposed on Iran's economic and energy sectors in return for certain restrictions in Iran's nuclear program.
The sanctions were imposed on Tehran by the European Union and the United States at the beginning of 2012 under the pretext that there was diversion in Iran's civilian nuclear program toward military purposes. Iran firmly rejected the allegation, noting that its civilian nuclear program only pursued peaceful goals.
According to Boston Globe's report, Persian carpets were among Iran's top export commodities that suffered the most from the sanctions.
Head of the Iranian National Carpet Center Hamid Kargar told the paper that before the sanctions, Iran's hand-woven carpets accounted for about one-fifth of the US market, adding that Iran's carpet weavers are already making carpets for the US market, hoping that exports will resume next year.
"People in the carpet business have begun to produce carpets suiting the taste of the American market, receiving orders and negotiating with customers," the Iranian official said.
Kargar added, "Since 2010, we lost one-fifth of our exports because we were deprived of the US market. Our rivals replaced Iran. However, we expect that the Americans will welcome Persian carpets again because of its unique designs and colors."
According to the report, Iran exported Persian carpets worth $330 million last year with the figure accounting for two-thirds of the country's carpet production, which now stands at more than 53 million square feet (4.9 square meters) a year.